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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 14. Insurance
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission, Bureau of Insurance
Chapter 200. Rules Governing Long-Term Care Insurance

14VAC5-200-90. Minimum standards for home health and community care benefits in long-term care insurance policies.

A. A long-term care insurance policy or certificate may not, if it provides benefits for home health and community care services, limit or exclude benefits:

1. By requiring that the insured/claimant would need skilled care in a skilled nursing facility if home health care services were not provided;

2. By requiring that the insured/claimant first or simultaneously receive nursing and/or therapeutic services in a home or community setting before home health care services are covered;

3. By limiting eligible services to services provided by registered nurses or licensed practical nurses;

4. By requiring that a nurse or therapist provide services covered by the policy that can be provided by a home health aide, or other licensed or certified home care worker acting within the scope of his or her licensure or certification;

5. By excluding coverage for personal care services provided by a home health aide;

6. By requiring that the provision of home health care services be at a level of certification or licensure greater than that required by the eligible service;

7. By requiring that the insured/claimant have an acute condition before home health care services are covered;

8. By limiting benefits to services provided by Medicare-certified agencies or providers; or

9. By excluding coverage for adult day care services.

B. If a long-term care insurance policy or certificate provides for home health or community care services, it shall provide total home health or community care coverage that is a dollar amount equivalent to at least one-half of one year's coverage available for nursing home benefits under the policy or certificate at the time covered home health or community care services are being received. This requirement shall not apply to policies or certificates issued to residents of continuing care retirement communities.

C. Home health care coverage may be applied to the nonhome health care benefits provided in the policy or certificate when determining maximum coverage under the terms of the policy or certificate.

Statutory Authority

§§ 12.1-13 and 38.2-223 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Regulation 40, Case No. INS910239, § 10, eff. January 1, 1992; amended, Virginia Register Volume 17, Issue 4, eff. December 1, 2000; Volume 23, Issue 17, eff. September 1, 2007.

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